Jones, Baker, Harrison, Grissom
and Sneva Score Victories at MAX/WLBC Summer Series
In a night of continuous rain showers
on Anderson Speedway, persistent drying efforts by track officials and
competitors allowed for an action-packed program of MAX / WLBC Summer Series
racing at the world’s fastest quarter-mile track.
The ThunderCars kicked off the
schedule of events with A.J. Jones earning the victory in a photo finish, edging
out Tim Dick in the oval events. In the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives,
Jerry Baker earned the win, holding off his teammate David Baker. 2002 track
champion Mark Harrison took the checkered flag in Modifieds with Roy Grissom Sr.
winning in Thunder Car Figure 8’s and T.J. Sneva returning to his winning ways
Earning his initial victory of his
Thunder Car oval career, Jones in the No. 93 A.J.’s Automotive Oldsmobile,
initially grabbed the top spot on lap 10, when leader Brandon Leisure dropped
out of competition with mechanical problems. Jones got the better of a furious
battle from Dick, who challenged for the top spot the final 11 circuits. Coming
to the checkered flag, Jones’ mount slipped wide nearly scraping the fourth turn
retaining wall as Dick charged on the inside groove. At the line, Jones finished
first followed by Dick, Jack Taylor of Chesterfield, Rick Trueblood and
first-timer John Goforth.
Taking the first position on lap five,
Jerry Baker controlled the remainder of the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel
Drive 12-lap event. The No. 19 machine of Jerry Baker sailed into leadership
honors with a bottom groove move in Turn 4, completing the race-winning pass
down the front straightaway on Jessica Jennings. The following lap, David Baker
darted into second position, pushing Jessica Jennings back to third.
The second portion of the event
showcased a hard-charging Chris Jennings joining the two front-runners. After
the lone caution period occurred when Elliott McKinney looped his No. 7 purple
colored car on the backstretch, David Baker and Chris Jennings battled for
runner-up honors. The two competitors raced side-by-side, with David Baker able
to fend off the challenge. Patrick Spillis placed fourth with Scott Roberts
filling out the top-five finishers.
In Ed Martin Auto Group Modified
competition, a quick move in Turn 1 on lap five, propelled Harrison to the
inside of the top two competitors of Jamie Hadley and Don Skaggs, who were
hooked together. This allowed Harrison to advance from third position to the top
of the leader board. On the restart after the two machines came apart, Randy
Anderson of Knightstown and Tom McKinney of Clayton followed him. Harrison
stretched a healthy cushion on Anderson after the restart as the battle for
third position developed between McKinney, Joe Jennings and Florida’s Jeff
A fierce battled ensued between the
trio of competitors, with McKinney experiencing mechanical problems that dropped
him out of the event. Jennings also suffered a setback, as he was pinned by
McKinney’s slow moving car. At the finish, Harrison’s No. 26 Ed Martin Auto
Group car finished first chased by Anderson with Weston in third spot. Skaggs
finished fourth with Jennings filling out the top five.
Making a last-lap pass, Grissom
powered around the No. 99 machine of Josh Tharp to capture the Figure 8 car
victory. Tharp took the lead position on the sixth circuit passing the No. 03 of
early leader James Peterson. Tharp then began to edge away from the field, but
in the closing stages, Grissom narrowed the margin considerably. Grissom
completed the pass in Turn 1, finishing ahead of Tharp. Third-place honors were
awarded to Peterson with Mike Peters and Jim Brown rounding out the top-five
Winning his fifth Legends event of the
season, Sneva completed the move on Greg Dietzen for the lead spot on the 23rd
circuit. After five laps of consecutive side-by-side racing, Sneva took the
first position. Coming towards the final lap, second running Dietzen made
contact with Maryland’s Marc Davis, which forced him to loop his car. James
Robertson placed second with points leader Al Renner in third. Scott McGinley
recorded fourth-place honors with Dr. Bill Cribbs rounding out the top five.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.